The Hawaii County Council has passed a ban on plastic bags starting in 2011. Advertiser story here and SB story here.The Maui County Council passed a similar measure last week. Kauai County is taking steps to replace plastic bags with reusables. And, today, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin criticizes the City and County of Honolulu in this editorial for lagging behind on acknowledging that plastic bags are an environmental and visual blight in our community.
It does appear that the writing is on the wall signaling the demise of the plastic bag for use by groceries and other retailers. And, while this is good news for the environment and for the health of the planet, I did want to pay tribute to one of the most beautiful scenes in filmmaking as we say farewell - the plastic bag scene from American Beauty.